Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal

Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal

The Denny Avenue Level Crossing in Kelmscott will be the first crossing to be removed under the METRONET Level Crossing Removal program.

With the boom gates down an average of one minute and 44 seconds per session and a total average closure of three hours and seven minutes per day, removing this crossing will increase the safety of walking, cycling and driving in the area, as well as reduce road congestion and revitalise the local area. If the crossing remains open, the total down time is expected to increase to three hours and 34 mins per day by 2031.

Ahead of permanently closing the level crossing, an alternative east/west connection will be built at Davis Road, 170m south of the existing location. Building a new underpass at Davis Road will involve gradually raising the rail and associated infrastructure, and lowering the surrounding road network. Extending and widening Davis Road to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic will maintain the important east/west connection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in Kelmscott and the surrounding area. 

Early works have commenced, and major construction works are due to start mid 2020. 

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Project Features

The Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal project includes:

  • Permanently closing the level crossing at Denny Avenue
  • Constructing a rail-over-road underpass by gradually raising the rail and sinking Davis Road under the elevated rail line
  • Extending Davis Road to Third Avenue to maintain the important east/west connection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians
  • Widening Davis Road to accommodate up to four lanes of traffic (two in each direction)
  • Installing traffic lights at the Davis Road intersections at Albany Highway, Streich and Railway avenues
  • Removing the existing traffic lights along Denny Avenue at Albany Highway, Streich and Railway avenues
  • Upgrading Albany Highway to include two new signalized intersections and provide new turning lanes for Davis Road and Streich Avenue
  • Creating a walk/cycle path over the new Davis Road underpass on the Railway Avenue side of the rail line
  • Turning sections of Third and Slee avenues into cul-de-sacs
  • Civic improvements and road landscaping to revitalise the Kelmscott town centre including refurbishing Station Masters House and land development opportunities


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Environment

Tree removal

Established trees along the rail reserve on Railway and Streich avenues will need to be removed to create space for the construction of the underpass walls. 

A Native Vegetation Clearing Permit has been issued by the Department of Water and Environment Regulation of which the PTA is required to comply with.

Other trees within the project area may also be removed but the project team is aiming to minimise the clearing extent and reduce impact wherever possible.  The project team is working closely with a landscaping contractor to maximise tree retention as well as planting throughout the project area, with an emphasis on the town centre.  

Noise, vibration and light
Noise mitigation measures will be included in the works as required based on acoustic modelling outcomes to minimise impacts to nearby residents.  

Lighting of the new principal-shared path will be directed away from residential properties as much as possible and will be assessed during the final design stages.

Aboriginal Heritage
No registered Aboriginal Heritage Sites are identified within, or in close proximity to the Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal.  A heritage survey and Aboriginal consultation was undertaken to identify the heritage value of the land required for the underpass and surrounding area. Specialist Aboriginal monitoring personnel will be engaged during the excavation of the underpass to further ensure there are no heritage sites or artefacts located within these areas. 

Community

The Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal Community Reference Group (CRG) consists of local residents and businesses to help the project team identify local opportunities, issues and concerns.

The role of the CRG is to act as a sounding board regarding the delivery and impacts of the project throughout the planning, delivery and construction phases.

The CRG is encouraged to bring community feedback or enquiries for discussion in the meetings to identify any issues.

Formed in July 2019, CRG members were selected from 40 nominees representing a range of demographics, geographics, interests, opinions and experience.

CRG members are:
Adrian Baillie, Vicki Clarkson, Hugh Jones, Kelly Lloyd, Ian McAllister, Michael Rudiger, Corrina Smart and Leif Thonell. 

The minutes of each meeting will be posted below. 

Place Making

As part of this project a number of town centre enhancements are being explored.

These enhancements include creating a new plaza near Kelmscott Station with a focus around the refurbishing the Station Master’s House, narrowing and calming of Denny Avenue, planting of trees throughout the town centre, minor road changes to the town centre network, and creation of ‘Station Place’ as a mixed use development site.

The improvements are aimed at providing more effective pedestrian links throughout the Kelmscott town centre and improving the local public environment.

Upcoming Works

Utility relocations

With changes to the road network a major part of the project, some service utilities will need to be relocated.
The first relocation works will be re-laying ATCO Gas pipes that are located beneath the road surface.
This work will start in early 2020, and residents living near to works will be provided more information closer to the start of works.

Additional utility relocation works will start in early 2020, and the community will be kept up-to-date.

Project Documents

  • General Project

  • When will construction start?

    Procurement will begin in mid-2019, and the contractor will be appointed late-2019. Works on site will begin in late-2019.

  • Will the trains stop running during construction?

    The project will only require the Armadale Line (south of Kelmscott Station) to temporarily close a handful of times. The closures will likely occur on weekends, and the community will be made aware well ahead of time to ensure alternative plans can be made. Replacement buses will be available. Closures will not take place when major events are on.

  • How do I cross the railway during construction?

    The level crossing at Denny Avenue will remain open at all times during construction. Only when the underpass is fully operational will the level crossing close.

  • Why isn’t the solution at Denny Avenue?

    Raising or lowering the railway at Denny Avenue would not be possible without major changes to or rebuilding of Kelmscott Station. Similarly a road over or under Denny Avenue solution would not be possible without affecting local business access and local road access in the area. Based on these major impacts to the community this a solution at Denny Avenue would not provide good community outcomes.

  • Why was Davis Road selected as the east-west connection over the other streets?

    A number of other potential locations to cross the rail were assessed with key stakeholders, including the City of Armadale. The other locations would not encourage walking/cycling or promote Kelmscott town centre revitalisation. The other solutions would also mean significant disruptions to Denny Avenue during construction, and therefore cause major disruptions to the community’s main east-west road connection.

  • How will road closures during construction impact me?

    The size of the road component of this project means that there will be impacts to road users. During construction, the Public Transport Authority will aim to minimise road closures and their impacts to road users, however they will be unavoidable. A Traffic Management Plan will be developed by the contractor which identifies impacted roads and the changes required during construction. More information will be known when the contractor is on board, and the community will be informed when timing and affected roads are confirmed.

     

  • How will the design improve traffic in the town centre?

    The proposed design is aimed at providing a safe alternative to crossing the rail and improving traffic flow throughout the town centre. This is being achieved through road widenings and rerouting the main traffic flow through the new underpass. The inclusion of the signalised intersections will ensure traffic is managed safely. The new traffic lights will be phased to ensure good traffic flow and reduce the congestion currently being experienced around the Denny Avenue level crossing.

     

  • Can I still use Denny Avenue when the crossing is closed?

    Yes, Denny Avenue will become a calmer and narrower road connecting to Streich Avenue, but it will not be possible to cross the railway from Denny Avenue.

  • Will the pedestrian access at the Denny Avenue crossing remain?

    No. Pedestrians will not be able to cross the railway at Denny Avenue.  Pedestrian access will be provided at the new Davis Road underpass, and at Kelmscott Station.

  • What impacts will there be to Denny Avenue during construction?

    Full construction impacts will be known when the contractor is appointed and detailed design has been confirmed. Early staging plans show the Davis Road solution can largely be built with minimal impact to Denny Avenue during construction. There will be impacts to Streich Avenue and Railway Avenue during construction which will be managed to ensure they are kept to a minimum.

  • What will the Davis Road underpass look like?

    The final design for road underpass will be developed by the appointed contractors. More information will be provided to the community as this work progresses.

  • What noise impacts will there be with the Davis Road solution?

    Noise modelling will be completed as the design progresses to identify if any measures are needed to reduce noise from the rail operations. With the removal of the warnings sounds at Denny Avenue level crossing, overall noise is expected to be less.

  • How many lanes will Davis Road have?

    The final road design is subject to detailed design, but the space can accommodate up to four lanes.

  • Where do I park when the vacant-lot carpark on Albany Highway closes?

    The Public Transport Authority will expand its carpark on Railway Avenue by approximately 40 new bays. The current car parks at Kelmscott Station are not at capacity.

     

  • How will this project revitalise Kelmscott?

    The project will improve overall road safety and traffic flow around Kelmscott and the town centre, and provide improved walking and cycling connections including a new principal-shared path along Railway Avenue. The project is also an opportunity to generally improve amenity in the public space around the railway including refurbishment of the Station Master’s House, establishing a public space plaza, and facilitation of the development of a mixed-use development site.

  • Why can’t Lake Road level crossing be re-opened?

    Pedestrians and traffic interacting with trains is a key risk on the rail network, the Public Transport Authority is working towards removing level crossings across the train network, not introducing or re-opening more. This is a national and global trend due to ongoing significant near-misses and the risk of death. As Kelmscott Station and the surrounding precinct is an established area, there will not be the re-establishment of any previous level crossings in the area.

  • Why close this level crossing over others on the network?

    Where possible, the Public Transport Authority will close level crossings to improve safety and ease congestion. Despite being less than 200m long, Denny Avenue was identified in the RAC’s Risky Roads survey as the most dangerous road in Perth for two consecutive years. METRONET will continue to review how to best close other level crossings on the network.

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